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Keystone View Company


Administrative History

The Keystone View Company was an American stereographic image and equipment producer in Pennsylvania.

The Keystone View Company was established in 1892 in Meadville, Pennsylvania by B. L. Singley. The company produced stereoviews of educational and comic or sentimental themes. After its incorporation in 1905, the company began selling lantern slides and projection equipment as well. Keystone View Company became the largest stereograph producer, purchasing the negatives of most of its competitors between 1915 and 1921. In 1932 the company opened a new division to produce stereoscopic eye-testing and eye-training equipment. When the company was purchased in 1963 by Mast Development Company, only the eye-testing division was kept in operation. In 1972 the Meadville plant was closed.

Nichols, A.S. Manual for the pointer ... 1944

Hundert Jahre Weltsensationen in Pressefotos, 1980: p. 1 (Bildagentur Keystone) p. 348, etc. (Keystone View Company establ. 1891 in Meadville/Pa.; Keystone Agentur)

Lanzmann, J. Paris des année 30, c1987: t.p. (Keystone) jkt. (Agence Keystone)

Wikipedia, Mar. 9, 2012: Keystone View Company (distributor of stereographic images; located in Meadville, Pa.; produced educational and comic/sentimental stereoviews and stereoscopes; educational dept. closed in 1963, eye-training stereographic product division sold to Mast Development Company; Meadville plant closed in 1972; est. 1892 by B. L. Singley; incorporated in 1905, largest stereograph producer; sold stereoviews and lantern slides, as well as projection equipment; purchased negatives of competitors between 1915 and 1921; 1932 formed eye-training equipment department, sold vision testing and vision training materials)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Collection of stereographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197227605836]
Identifier: MSS 4071
Scope and Contents

Collection includes sixty-six stereographs, with images of locations and events from around the world. Images include the Semi-Centennial Utah Jubilee in 1897, London, England, the Columbian Exposition in 1893, the Panama Canal, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, India, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Jerusalem, France, New York, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, California, Ohio, and Colorado. There are also many images of people, including a set of four entitled "The Halloween Party."

Dates: approximately 1893-1905

Her guardian angel, 1894

Identifier: MSS 7984 Item 2
Scope and Contents

Stereograph of a little girl and a woman in a robe, double exposed as to give the illusion of a guardian angel. Image was produced by B. L. Singley of the Keystone View Company in 1894.

Dates: 1894

Keystone View Company and London Stereoscopic Company stereographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233614459]
Identifier: MSS P 583
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 44 stereographs with images of historic buildings, scenic views, or native life from locations around the world. Photographs were originally taken between the 1860s and the 1910s, and produced primarily by the Keystone View Company and the London Stereoscopic Company.

Dates: approximately 1860-1919

Keystone View Company stereographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 72
Scope and Contents

Collection includes stereographs from Keystone View's Tour of the World series, and includes photographs of the First World War.

Dates: approximately 1892-1933

Additional filters:

Collection 3
Archival Object 1
Stereographs 3
Landscapes -- Photographs 2
Buildings -- Photographs 1
Children -- Photographs 1
Europe -- Photographs 1